Teen chess champion passes knowledge to young players
By MARK ROSMAN
MANALAPAN — A teenage chess champion will continue to pass his knowledge of the game on to area residents.
Alex Schwartzberg of Manalapan, who is a sophomore in the Freehold Regional High School District’s Science and Engineering program at Manalapan High School, will soon start another instructional chess program through the East Brunswick Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Services.
The next set of sessions will begin at 5 p.m. Jan. 17 and run for six consecutive Fridays through Feb. 21.
The spring sessions will begin April 4 and run through May 16.
He also teaches classes for the Manalapan Parks and Recreation Department.
In an interview, Alex said he finds chess to be a fun game to play, specifically for the problem solving challenges and creative aspects that each match presents to him.
“When I am faced with a difficult situation, I want to push on. … I feel a sense of achievement by defeating a tough opponent,” he said.
The young man said he feels a sense of accomplishment when he sees the children he instructs put the lessons he has taught them to use in their own chess matches.
“Some of the children I am working with are starting to enter tournaments. … It feels good to pass knowledge on to them,” he said.
On Nov. 24, Alex competed in the New Jersey K-12 State Championship. Chess players from all over the state competed within their respective grades for the title of state champion of that grade.
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